Leadership Development

Music for Life wants to ensure a better future for Africa by developing leaders who will, one day, go on to positively shape the continent they came from. We aim to equip youth with a high-quality education, provide a leadership environment and instill Christian values. Our programs are specifically designed to build leadership capacity within the communities we serve.

Below are the stories of our alumni who experienced a major life change because of their participation. These students weren’t just singers and dancers in the Choir; they gained freedom, hope, improved education, and unlimited opportunities which helped them become the ChangeMakers they are today.

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Grace  |  MFL Outreach Program Coordinator
Member of Choir 19 & Ubuntu

Meet Grace. Grace toured with Choir 19 when she was eight, and then again as a young adult with Ubuntu Africa Choir.

Grace graduated from university in January 2016 with a degree in social work and social sciences.

A natural leader, Grace was selected to intern in South Africa with our African Odyssey Leadership Program upon graduating from University. Today she serves as our Music for Life (MFL) Outreach Program Coordinator.

Grace is passionate about children and committed to bringing hope, joy and inspiration to some of Uganda’s most impoverished kids through our MFL Outreach Programs.

One of her favorite programs is our Primary School Outreach Program, whereby we work in partnership with some of Kenya and Uganda’s most impoverished schools to bring hope, fun and purpose to the lives of hundreds of children each week. The programs are run by our university students who are paired with children to serve as mentors who counsel, guide and challenge the kids to achieve their potential and stay focused on their dreams.

“Working with children in destitute areas reminds me of the similar background we all share,” Grace said. “I’m constantly reminded of how I’ve been blessed and inspired to continue giving back as much as possible.”

When she’s not running our outreach programs, you might find Grace working in her piggery, a business she started as an additional source of income upon graduating from our entrepreneur-training program.

Through her work with children and her business, Grace is breathing life back into some of the poorest communities in Uganda and earning enough money to take care of herself and several family members.

 

Catherine  |  Nurse Midwife
Member of Choir 10

Catherine Meet Catherine, the twenty-seven-year-old was born in Langas, one of the chief slums in Eldoret Kenya. She joined the African Children’s Choir back in 1993. At the time, Kenya, majorly Eldoret was undergoing political turmoil. Catherine toured with choirs ten and eleven, something she says was the greatest experience of her life, since she got to meet many great people and share the love of Christ with them. Most importantly, she appreciates belonging to the biggest and most loving family of the African Children’s Choir.

Early in 2011, Catherine graduated with a Diploma in Nursing and today, she works in the second largest slum in Kenya as a nurse midwife.To Catherine, the nursing experience is what she considers a God-given opportunity to change lives and make a difference in various Women’s lives in her community.

It was a very difficult time for me as a child, given the fact that I could not go to school. Joining the African Children’s Choir was a miracle. Now, as a Nurse Midwife, my greatest joy is when I help various women bring forth life, and witness the newly born make their first cry.God used the African Children’s Choir to bring out the best in me, and in many other children who are inspiring the world in different ways. God bless the ACC.

 

Nancy  |  Nurse
Member of Choir 13
Nancy

Nancy is from Githumu, Kiambu county in Kenya, she comes from a struggling home of a single mother with six children.After touring with Choir 13 Nancy did well in her primary and secondary schooling and dreamt of becoming a nurse. Further sponsoring from MFL allowed Nancy to take a registered Nursing course of which she graduated as a qualified nurse in 2009.

Nancy is now currently working at Kijabe Mission Hospital, one of the main mission hospitals in Kenya, as a registered community health nurse. Nancy works in the High Dependency Unit helping extremely ill patients.

I enjoyed visiting many exciting places while on tour with the African Children’s Choir, and meeting many people. It was an awesome lifetime experience I will never forget. I cherish every moment. MFL has given me an opportunity that I would never would of had. It gave me a chance to be who I am today and to achieve my childhood dream of becoming a nurse. Without MFL I do not know where I would be today.

 

Dr. Robert
Member of Choir 2

Dr Robert Kalyesubula examines a young patient

Before I joined the African Children’s Choir I was actually out of school. I didn’t have food to eat and I didn’t even have clothes to wear. I didn’t know where to sleep because we were 10 children sharing one house. When I joined the ACC, everything changed. They provided for me food, they provided for me shelter, and I was able to play with the others without fearing and wondering what I was going to eat the next day.

After his exposure to the world on the tour with Choir 2, Dr. Robert went back to Uganda where the ACC paid Dr. Robert’s and his brothers’ tuition. He went on to med school in Kampala for his first degree, and then earned a Master’s Degree in Internal Medicine – in a country where there are only three nephrologists for a population of 30 million people. One of his brothers also became a doctor and the other brother became a civil engineer. Today, Dr. Robert works in the village where he was born, giving back to the community in ways that were unimaginable without the support of the African Children’s Choir.

 

Mark  |  TV News Anchor
Member of Choir 10

Mark Wight Masai

Mark was given up by his mother at the age of only 7 months because she became pregnant with him shortly after she graduated from primary school. The decision was made since ‘she was not ready’ for motherhood. Mark was brought up by a foster mother, a British missionary to Kenya. He lived with his foster mom with another ‘adopted’ brother in a remote part of the country known as Narok until 1992, when their neighbours mentioned the African Children’s Choir. Mark successfully auditioned and was accepted to Choir 10, shortly thereafter he toured most of the U.S. from 1993 to 1994 before going back to Kenya and settling into school.With the background, education, and support he received, he was able to enter college. Mark chose to pursue social communication and trained to become a broadcast journalist. Mark joined the Nation Media Group’s NTV in September of 2008 at 23 and made his debut as one of the youngest prime news TV anchors in Kenya. Mark currently displays confidence, maturity, and mannerisms that far supersedes his young age.

The Music for Life has granted me sponsorship in my primary, secondary and college education but not just that! Music for Life is bigger than Family. Since my foster mum retired back to England, I have lived with members of the African Children’s Choir! I don’t live with blood brothers, sisters, a mum or dad but I have the biggest family spread all over Africa! I have the biggest family anyone could ever have!

 

Rose  |  Lawyer
Member of Choir 8

Rose Mbenya Kamwetu

Rose comes from a family of four.  She has an older brother, a younger brother, and a younger sister.  Selected to participate in Choir 8, she toured the US, Canada and made a brief visit to Spain in 1992.  She was also in a Choir that toured Singapore, the Seychelles and Malaysia in 1993.

After returning to Africa, Rose’s education was sponsored by Music for Life. Rose received support all through her advanced degrees and successfully graduated Law School. Today, she’s fully qualified to practice law in Kenya. Rose was admitted to the bar in October of 2009.

I have a law degree, thanks to them. I appreciate the diverse cultures of the world thanks to them. They have enabled me to travel the world! I’m eternally grateful to MFL